An outbreak of listeria linked to cheese might have killed one person, and sickened four others.
The Food and Drug Administration has linked the outbreak to Les Freres cheese, distributed by Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics based in Wisconsin.
Cases of listeria were reported in Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. One of the reported cases was a pregnant woman who suffered a miscarriage, and another adult who died. Another adult in Minnesota was hospitalized with listeria. The people who became ill ranged in age from 31 to 67, and were diagnosed between May 20 and June 17.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is testing samples of the cheese, with early results indicating the presence of listeria.
Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating contaminated food. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weak immune systems.
Symptoms to look for include fever, muscle soreness, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Other symptoms include headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.
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Source: CNN, "Listeria outbreak linked to cheese; 1 dead, 4 sickened", July 4, 2013.